ABC News reports:
Madison Cawthorn, a 25-year-old in a potentially historic bid for Congress, spoke during the third night of the Republican National Convention in a speech that has drawn attention for an American history inaccuracy.
In his speech, Cawthorn said that at 25, Madison signed the Declaration of Independence. Except, he did not. The statement prompted the Lincoln Project to quickly set the record straight, tweeting, “James Madison never signed the Declaration of Independence.”
Cawthorn has not yet publicly addressed the flub. A press release with his remarks sent by his campaign after his speech took the line out, replacing it with, “Thomas Jefferson was 33 when he wrote the Declaration of Independence.”
Twenty five-year-old North Carolina GOP congressional candidate Madison Cawthorn is on the defensive over photos on his Instagram page that show him in 2017 visiting Adolf Hitler’s vacation house in Germany known as the “Eagle’s Nest.”
The caption refers to Hitler as “the Fuhrer” and says that a visit to the site — a popular tourist destination documenting the horrors of the Nazi regime — had been on his “bucket list for awhile” and “did not disappoint.”
“Strange to hear so many laughs and share such a good time with my brother where only 79 years ago a supreme evil shared laughs and good times with his compatriots,” the caption states.
Almost every single news article about Cawthorn mentions that he was nominated to the Naval Academy by his former boss Mark Meadows, now White House Chief of Staff; it’s easy to then assume that he was accepted by the Naval Academy.
But it turns out, according to a 2017 deposition Cawthorn gave as part of his unsuccessful lawsuit seeking $30 million from the auto insurance company that had already paid him $3 million, he was actually rejected by the Naval Academy, and was informed of his rejection before his car accident.
And then there’s the matter of the name of his LLC—SPQR, the acronym of the Latin phrase “Senatus Populusque Romanus,” which means “the Senate and the Roman people,” from the time of the Roman republic. The acronym SPQR has lately become quite popular among white nationalists.
The future of the GOP isn’t with overt conspiracy theorists like Laura Loomer, but with the likes of Madison Cawthorn, who can turn their delirium and rage into obscure symbols and white nationalist dog whistles, writes @pareene. https://t.co/L3VjY3w6UP
— The New Republic (@newrepublic) August 19, 2020
James Madison never signed the Declaration of Independence. pic.twitter.com/9h6dUEW0oR
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) August 27, 2020
Madison Cawthorn has a history of white nationalist imagery:
– He fantasized about seeing “The Fuhrer’s” home
– His business is called SPQR, a Roman motto that’s used by white nationalists.
– He used to follow 88 people on Twitter
– Uses Betsy Ross flag popular with militias https://t.co/ZZi57xb6FB
— anti-fascism 2020 (@maxberger) August 27, 2020